Why the eye is wetting the baby: symptoms and causes
Care for the eyes of the newborn is an important element in the hygiene of a young child. This should pay attention from the first days of life of the baby. Even in the maternity ward the nurse emphasizes that small eyes should be cleaned with boiled water one or more times a day. This is due to the fact that the neonates in the corners of the eye accumulate a thick, sticky liquid of a yellowish color. If you notice that the baby's eye is watering too often, you need to see a doctor.
The nasolacrimal canal connects the tear ducts with the nasal cavity and serves to drain excess fluid into the nasal cavity. During the intrauterine development, he has a thin membrane in the child. It breaks out at birth - during the first cry of the baby. It rarely happens that this does not happen, then there is no outflow of excess tear fluid. As a result, the eyes of the child will be constantly watered. In addition, the nasolacrimal canal of the falcon is quite narrow, which can also contribute to its blockage and constant lacrimation.
Why the eyes are watering
In addition to the blockage of the nasal duct, there are other reasons for which the baby’s eyes are watery:
- viral or bacterial infections, for example, blenorea;
- allergy. In this case, the eyes can still redden and swell;
- eczema caused by excessive dryness of the skin around the eyes, resulting in blepharitis;
- injuries occurring if an accidental foreign object gets into the eye, as well as when the child scratches itself;
- conjunctivitis, often infectious;
- various diseases associated with this symptom, for example, chickenpox, measles.
What will the doctor advise
The true causes of tearing can be established only by a specialist. It is possible that the district pediatrician will refer you to the children's ophthalmologist, who will find out why the baby's eye is watering. He will prescribe the appropriate treatment. His character will depend on what is caused by this symptom: if the allergy, then as the therapy will be used anti-allergic drugs; if the infection is antibiotics or antiviral. To prevent injuries, it is necessary to cut the child's nails on time, put on "scratches", and also watch what comes to his hands. In addition, it is important to be cautious when dealing with the baby. If the nasolacrimal canal is obstructed, its probing may be necessary: the procedure is not very pleasant, but necessary in such a situation.
When you need a massage
The doctor can prescribe to your child a massage and tell you how to do it properly. The essence of this procedure consists in massaging the skin above the nasolacrimal canal, which, as it were, pushes the accumulated liquid along it; and the membrane opens the channel during a slight pressure. Massage is prescribed if the eye of the baby is watering due to a blockage of the lacrimal canal. It is a fairly effective method that allows you to remove excess moisture. The lacrimal canal is also being developed.